Severn Bancorp Announces 76% Increase in Fourth Quarter Earnings

Annapolis, MD – Severn Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: SVBI) parent company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB (“Severn”), today announced net income of $1,067,000 or $.06 per share for the fourth quarter, an increase of  $460,000, or 76%  compared to net income of  $607,000, or $.02 per share for the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income was $1,219,000, or $(.05) per share for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to net income of $1,157,000, or $(.06) per share for the year ended December 31, 2010. Earnings per share is calculated using net income available for common shareholders, which is net income less preferred stock dividends.

“We are pleased to report both a quarterly and annual increase in earnings, and are pleased with the success we are experiencing in building our community mortgage and commercial lending departments to accommodate customers who are seeking a bank that offers the breadth of products and services needed in today’s economy.  We see tremendous opportunity ahead of us by providing top notch personal service to the residents and businesses of AnneArundelCounty,” said Alan J. Hyatt, president and chief executive officer.  Mr. Hyatt continued “We continue to share our message of our commitment to the community and to our many customers who place value in a banking relationship with an organization they can trust. Severn is pleased to provide full service banking right here in their backyard.”

About Severn Savings Bank:
Founded in 1946, Severn is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking products as well as residential and commercial mortgage lending. It has assets of approximately $900 million and four branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater and Glen Burnie, Maryland. The bank specializes in exceptional customer service and holds itself and its employees to a high standard of community contribution. Severn is on the Web at www.severnbank.com.

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 Forward Looking Statements
In addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that may be affected by various factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, those with respect to management’s determination of the amount of loan loss reserve and statements about the economy.  The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “guidance,” “potential,” “continue,” “project,” “forecast,” “confident,” and similar expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements. Severn’s operations and actual results could differ significantly from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.  Some of the factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, changes in the economy and interest rates both in the nation and in Severn’s general market area, federal and state regulation, competition and other factors detailed from time to time in Severn’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including “Item 1A. Risk Factors” contained in Severn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

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